Newcastle United’s Cabella hoping to press claims for French chance

Remy Cabella in action against Manchester City.
Remy Cabella in action against Manchester City.
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REMY Cabella has high hopes for club and country this season.

Newcastle United’s £7m signing started for France against Serbia on Sunday.

Cabella – who joined Newcastle from Montpellier in June – set up Paul Pogba’s goal in the 1-1 draw between the countries in Belgrade.

Cabella travelled to the summer’s World Cup in Brazil, but he didn’t make it off the bench.

However, he is firmly in coach Didier Deschamps’s thoughts for Euro 2016, which will be staged in France, who do not need to qualify.

He was taken off in the 60th minute as a precaution after suffering a knock with France leading by the goal from Pogba, who converted one of his corners.

The midfielder – who will have to shoulder extra attacking responsibility for Newcastle in the absence of the injured Siem de Jong – was pictured sitting on the bench with an icepack on his leg after his withdrawal.

Cabella, back on Tyneside ahead of Saturday’s game against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium, says he feels good about Deschamps’s side, who were knocked out of the World Cup at the quarer-final stage by eventual winners Germany.

“I ​​feel very good about this team,” said Cabella, who has previously talked about his determination to help United to a high league finish.

“I have been integrated, and now I will work to be part of the starting XI regularly.

“We ran into a team that was very athletic – the coach said he expected this kind of game – but we didn’t lose. That is the most important thing.”

Cabella’s United team-mate Moussa Sissoko played 82 minutes.

The midfielder said: “I am very happy to have played two matches. The coach trusts me.”

Newcastle. meanwhile, have revealed plans for a giant screen at St James’s Park.

The 60m screen, which will show instant replays and adverts from commercial partners, will be situated at the Leazes End of the stadium.

It will be ready for the home game against Leicester City on October 18.

Managing Director Lee Charnley said: “We have wanted such a facility for a long time now, and we’re delighted to have joined forces with ADI to instal this state-of-the-art giant screen within St James’s Park.

“It will significantly improve the matchday experience for supporters, and greatly enhance the interactivity, and information we can provide to them at the stadium before, during and after the game.

“The north east corner on the stadium was the optimum location where the positioning of such a large screen was structurally possible, whilst at the same time providing a sight line for the majority of supporters.”

St James’s Park has not had a scoreboard since the ground’s redevelopment in the early 1990s.

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